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Epimedium perralderianum

Barrenwort

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Colourful new growth, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Epimediums are immensely valuable plants for shade. E. perralderianum is an outstanding evergreen, with bronzy young foliage which goes beautifully with the airy sprays of yellow flower in early summer. The plants make superb all-year-round ground cover under trees or shrubs, but particularly enjoy the dappled shade and leafy soil of woodland gardens where they associate well with spring bulbs, hellebores, and choice woodland plants. The undemanding plants smother weeds all year round and grow so slowly they are never a nuisance.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Epimedium

Species: perralderianum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Bronze, Mid-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: September to November


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